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Performing Arts Discovery 2021 Showcases

A virtual international showcase opportunity to convey the cultural and aesthetic plurality of American life to domestic and international audiences.

Application deadline: June 25, 2021

The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and Western Arts Alliance (WAA) is pleased to announce a virtual international showcase opportunity for performing artists. This opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Discovery Program (PAD). The NEA launched the PAD program in 2015 to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, festival directors, and venue managers.

In this first round, PAD will select 10 artists to showcase virtually at this year’s Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest Conferences. Later this year a second round will seek an additional 20 artists and ensembles for additional showcase opportunities. All 30 groups will also be featured on a dedicated platform and included in selected international online showcases.

Applications are open to all U.S. based performing artists with readiness to tour internationally. PAD encourages those who self-identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ to apply.


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The Performing Arts Discovery Program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with WESTAF, South Arts, Arts Midwest, New England Foundation for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts, and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

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